After Desmond has another vision, he convinces Hurley, Jin, and Charlie to follow him into the jungle.After Desmond has another vision, he convinces Hurley, Jin, and Charlie to follow him into the jungle.After Desmond has another vision, he convinces Hurley, Jin, and Charlie to follow him into the jungle.
"Catch-22" is not one of the best episodes of 'Lost'. It's not even one of the best episodes of Season 3. It's still a pretty good and very interesting episode however and is nowhere near one of the show's worst, as far as the previous episodes go it is significantly better than "Fire + Water" and especially "Stranger in a Strange Land" (a 'Lost' low-point), which were one of the few not good episodes of the early seasons to me.
It is not a perfect episode by all means. Count me in as another person who is critical of the romantic square subplot, that was rather cheesy and silly with enough moments to make one cringe. Didn't find that it advanced things much and that it was little more than filler.
Other than Desmond, none of the other characters really progress character-development-wise. There is some plot advancing and foreshadowing, but other episodes before and since do much better than this respect where there are things shown in them that are illuminating and shocking as well as advancing the more mystery-oriented aspects of the storytelling, not really enough of either.
Desmond however is very interestingly written with a different side to him that does induce some surprise. The flashback is also intriguing, as is the whole Desmond and Charlie angle that is the most surprising the episode gets, strange yes but not uncomfortably so.
All the acting is good to great, especially from Henry Ian Cusick, quite rightly too. There are some funny lines from Sawyer.
Visually, there is a lot of style and atmosphere, the music is chilling and understated, the script mostly intrigue and the direction is more than competent if not extraordinary.
To conclude, worthwhile but not a 'Lost' high-point. 7/10 Bethany Cox
- May 7, 2018